Event Date/Time: Jun 09, 2010 End Date/Time: Jun 11, 2010
Early Registration Date: Mar 09, 2010
Abstract Submission Date: Sep 14, 2009
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WIM 2010 is organised to provide an international forum where policy makers, engineers, researchers, technology consultants and suppliers may analyse and discuss recent innovations and developments related to the availability, efficient use and sustainable management of water in the mining industry.


In a context of growing water scarcity and multi users increasing demand, water has become a key strategic resource for the mining industry which must guarantee its own long term water supply and demonstrate a responsible and sustainable water management. Water plays a central role in virtually all mining activities and is typically the prime medium, together with air, that can carry pollutants into the broader environment. Efficient use of water through the mining and metallurgical processes is still a priority concern for many mining projects but other important challenges have emerged in the last years. Water and energy environmental linking, geochemical modeling for water quality prediction and control, ecological river flows are some of the topics of interest. A global and integrated water management at basin scale should be promoted and lead by the mining industry.


The Congress aims to:
• Promote the exchange of knowledge and experience in the identification and characterisation of water resources.
• Discuss emerging technologies and identify best practices of efficient water use in mining and metallurgical processes.
• Analyse criteria for the characterisation and responsible management of mining effluents.
• Promote the exchange of experiences on how to manage water resources in arid areas.

• Strategic planning: creative policy and regulatory approaches
• Water management in arid areas
• Watershed management
• Natural water resource quantification and management
• Access to water and sustainable development
• New sources
• Groundwater recharge
• Inter-basin supply
• Desalinisation
• Technology and efficiency
• Integrated mine water management throughout the mine life cycle
• Recycling of water in mining environments
• Effluent characterisation and management
• Mine dewatering
• Reducing losses in SX and concentrating processes

Don’t miss WIM 2010! Submit a 300-word abstract of your paper in English by 14 September 2009 to wim@wim2010.com. The abstract should be formatted as a word document and is to include a title of no more than 100 characters, author’s full name and contact information. If accepted, a full article in English, 4 to 10 pages long, will be required by 7 December 2009.